Abita Restoration Pale Ale

Total Score: 6.7/10 Biscuit1 Lemon1 HopFlower1 Nonicpint1

Abita, who in my opinion really ought to release two new beers (one called “This” and the other called “That”) have really impressed me without knocking my socks off with their Turbodog. Needless to say I went out and bought a six pack of the Restoration Pale Ale and drank all bar one (for this review) thinking it would be a great American Pale Ale… *spoiler* it’s not. But please do stay on and read why not.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy tangelo body with a boisterous, granted given a hard pour, cream coloured head that soon dissipates to 1cm. Looks fantastic as far as APAs go. 8/10.

S: Smells fantastic too! With fresh hop flowers upfront followed by a tasty big biscuit base middle. There is a nice spring water aroma as well (Abita have a deep well spring at their brewery). 8/10.

T: Here’s where the news is not so great: Toasted biscuit malts front to back with a citric and floral hop finish. The bitterness is mild, as is the sweetness, frankly it needs more of both to tango with the big boys (Sierra Nevada, Karl Strauss, Founders, Bridgeport, etc… you get the picture!). 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied and a tad on the watery side, carbonation is nice and dense though. 6/10.

D: So what we have here is a failure to communicate err, an easy drinking APA, which is fine sometimes, but MY personal preference is for a nice hoppy APA with some sweet malt balancing it out. So if you’re looking for a slightly wishy-washy APA you will likely enjoy this, good for you, give yourself a nice pat on the back, how did that feel? Good? Good. Btw I gave it an extra point here because of its sessionability. 7/10.

Food match: Tacos. Not sure why I said that, I think I just feel like tacos right now, plus this beer will work with tacos [can’t stop saying or thinking about tacos now].

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